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Intelligent environments are becoming more and more proactive, able to enhance ordinary activity, and to seamlessly take care of vulnerable people, for example predispose to fall risk, in such a way more and more embedded within the physical space .
Among the various kind of intelligent environments, for example, smart homes are expected to become a sort of human-companion piece of technology, cooperating with humans, able to act proactively, anticipating humans needs and preferences, involving various kind of sensors and actuators .
In this way, today smart homes are shading in other technologies having similar functions and designations, such as assistive technology, telemedicine, telehealth, gerontechnology .
What is emerging is the prototype of newly companion technology, exhibiting the ability to proactively anticipate needs and preferences, cooperating with its user in order to facilitate and enhance its own consumption. So it is emerging also a new consumer-oriented paradigm: a (technological) product which assists user in consuming itself.
Such new paradigm, involving technological innovation, is being pursued at a more general level, ranging from augmented sensing modalities  to advanced sensor processing techniques , deep processing  and high-performance (but cheap) computing .
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Wu, H. (2017). A new consumer-oriented paradigm: intelligent technology assisting user in consuming itself. PHILICA.COM Observation number 162.